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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Freedom:

There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.
~ Charles Kingsley.

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
~ Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
~ Abraham Lincoln.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
~ Thomas Paine.

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
~ Edward R. Murrow.

Freedom has a thousand charms to show,
That slaves, howe'er contented, never know.
~ William Cowper.

We feel free when we escape - even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire.
~ Eric Hoffer.

We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.
~ Felix Frankfurter.

The fact, in short, is that freedom, to be meaningful in an organized society must consist of an amalgam of hierarchy of freedoms and restraints.
~ Samuel Hendel.

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism - ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.
~ Thomas Campbell.

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.
~ Adlai Stevenson, speech, New York City, 28 August 1952.

We have to call it "freedom": who'd want to die for "a lesser tyranny"?
~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960.

We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression - everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want...everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear... anywhere in the world.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt.

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
~ William Faulkner.

We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.
~ Robert J. McCracken.

When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.
~ Oscar Wilde.

Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort which it brings.
~ Walter Lippmann, A Preface to Morals, 1929.

Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
~ H.L. Mencken, Minority Report, 1956.

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
~ Adlai Stevenson, speech, Detroit, 1952.

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